Title: Photo Film Strip

Software: Corel PaintShop Pro X7 -- Current

Author: Merlene Guldager

Home Page: Gold Acres Designs

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials Needed:

  • The Filmstrip Font

  • Five photos of your own or from the PIRC Photo Gallery.
  • Description:
    In this tutorial, you will learn how to create an interesting film strip from a font. You will then add your favorite photos to the film strip. This is a great way to show off your photos! This type of image makes a great header graphic for a web page or for places like Facebook.

    Preparation   &   Modes

    Download and unzip the font. Open the font and minimize it. If you are on Windows 7 - 10 you will need to click the Install button and install the font.

    Choose any five photos and open them in PSP. Then duplicate them and close the originals. Now resize them so that they are no larger than 200 pixels on the longest side. Minimize them for now.

    PaintShop Pro has multiple workspaces and modes. What you use will depend on your version of PSP. If you are using PSP 2018, you should select the Complete workspace and the Edit mode. For older versions, select the Edit mode.

    Creating the Filmstrip

    1. Open a new transparent, raster image 650x400 Pixels.

    2. Select the Pen tool and set the tool options as shown in the image below:

    3. Make your background color Transparent.

    4. Draw a straight line across the middle of your image. You can use the checkerboard of the transparent background to line it up. Holding down the Shift key will also help your line be straight. Color doesn't matter. This line will be deleted in a few steps.

    5. Right click the node on the left side of your line and go to Node Type Curve After.

    6. Grab the handle and drag in down and over toward the center of image creating a big smile shape. But not too deep. The deeper you make it the more curved your film strip will be.

    7. Click Apply on your Tool Options palette when you are satisfied with the curve.

    8. Select the Text tool and reset it to default. Then set the tool options as follows:

    9. Turn off your Foreground and set your Background color to Black.

    10. Place your cursor as close as possible to the left end of the curved line. It will change so that there's a T with a quarter circle beneath it. This means that the text will curve to the line.

    11. Type the following letters a c c c c c d and then click Apply. There may be an extra bit of filmstrip showing as you type your characters and it may look as if there won't be enough room. The extra character will disappear when you click Apply and move your image. Your image should look like this.


      If you don't see the acccccd layer, click on the + on the left of Vector layer 1 to open it.

    12. Notice that you have three layers now. Right click on acccccd and choose Convert Text to Curves As Single Shape.

    13. Right click and Delete the New Path Layer. This deletes the curved line.

    14. Right click the Vector 1 layer and Convert to Raster. Rename this Filmstrip.

    Adding The Photos

    1. Restore one of your Photos and go to Edit Copy.

    2. Activate your Filmstrip image and go to Edit Paste as New Layer.

    3. Drag this layer beneath the Filmstrip layer. This will help you see what is happening in the next steps.

    4. Select the Pick tool and set the Mode to Free(Shift+Ctrl).

    5. Position the upper left corner as shown in this image:

    6. Grab the handle on the upper right corner and bring it to the top right edge of the frame cell of the strip above it.

    7. Then move the two bottom corners up to meet the bottom corners of the film cell. Don't worry that it doesn't fit exactly. That's going to be fixed shortly.

    8. Select the Eraser tool and reset to default. Set the size to 15.

    9. With the Photo layer active, zoom in and erase the bits that show through the bottom and top of the film cell. A quick way to zoom is to use your mouse's wheel. Forward is bigger, backward is smaller.

    10. Go to Adjust Sharpness Sharpen to restore the crispness of the image after the reduction and manipulation into the cell.

    11. Close your photo without saving it.

    12. When you work on the cells that are more angled it can be useful to use the Rotation handle on the pick tool to line up the left side of the image to the cell it's going into before you place the four corners. This also causes less distortion to the image.

    13. Repeat these steps to place the other 4 photos in their cells. Don't forget to erase and sharpen. When you finish your strip should look like the one below.

    Finishing Up

    1. Right click on any layer and Merge Visible. Rename this layer Filmstrip.

    2. Add a new raster layer and drag beneath the Filmstrip layer. Then toggle the visibility of the Filmstrip layer off.

    3. Select the Flood Fill tool and in the Materials palette choose your favorite Gradient.

    4. Fill the new raster layer with your gradient.

    5. Toggle the visibility of the Filmstrip layer on again.

    6. Go to Effects 3D Effects Drop Shadow with the following settings:

    7. Toggle the visibility of the Filmstrip layer off so you can see what you are doing in the next step.

    8. Use the pick tool (set to Scale) on the shadow layer to shorten the height of the shadow by about half. This will make it so that your Filmstrip is standing on the shadow.

    9. Toggle the Filmstrip back on and position as shown below.

    10. With the Filmstrip layer active Merge Down so that the strip and shadow are now one layer.

    11. You may want to adjust the position of your strip depending on the gradient you chose.

    12. If your strip comes close to touching the side edges use the Pick tool to resize it a bit.

    13. Crop your image so that it's less than 600 pixels wide and approximately 250 pixels high.
      If you want to add some text to announce the theme of the strip you have room to do that. And of course you need room for your watermark.

    14. Go to Layers New Raster Layer and apply your watermark.

    15. Go to File Export, select the JPG Optimizer if you added a background, or the PNG Optimizer if you didn't and save your image.

      Here are few examples

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